Think of this as Volume 15, Number 18 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
It appears like clockwork, every generation or so. It is a politics that denies reality, creates its own facts, and when reality gets in the way of ideology it rejects reality.
Hippies played that game, until Kent State and the 1972 Nixon landslide caused them to drop out. Fascists played that game, insisting democracy could not survive until it crushed them in World War II. Populists played that game until The Grange became Jim Crow. And of course "The Lost Cause" was all about that game.
So the fact that conservatives are playing that game right now doesn't surprise me. The fact that one in three Republicans are inclined to oppose anyone who accepts the President's birthplace as Hawaii does not surprise me. It's only the fact that the pundit class is shocked, shocked by all this that surprises me. They all flunked history.
It's in the nature of ideology to believe your own hype, to deny the reality of things in order to sustain a vision. The problem with communism, and Islamism, and feudalism, and all the other -isms that plague and have plagued our world down the centuries is that they won't admit of correction, a correction democracy insists upon. Democracy works because reality intrudes and leaders are changed, so lies can't stand.
The etymology of this particular crazy should be clear by now.